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Detroit Tigers Inside Pitch 2008-05-29

Detroit Tigers Inside Pitch 2008-05-29
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," the old saying goes, but the Detroit offense has been broken for some time, so Jim Leyland is making more changes.

The Tigers manager announced a pair of changes Wednesday night, saying center fielder Curtis Granderson will remain in the lineup full time against left-handed and right-handed pitching, while left fielder Marcus Thames will get a shot at regular playing time. Both moves are intended to inject some life into a too-often dead Tigers attack.

Thames was placed in the spot previously occupied by injured DH Gary Sheffield, third in the order, and he responded with a pair of two-run home runs.

Playing Granderson full time in center and having Thames stationed in left took away the playing time of rookie Matt Joyce, who had cooled off after a hot start and was optioned back to Class AAA Toledo after Wednesday's game. The club brought back outfielder Clete Thomas, who had not been hitting in Toledo, but he will be used more as a defensive replacement.

Detroit previously purchased the contract of left-handed power hitter Jeff Larish, and Leyland said Larish would DH against right-handers, which means he's likely to start at least all three games at Seattle this weekend.

It would seem Ryan Raburn will gobble up some spare innings as he continues to be a productive bat, moving around the infield and outfield. He was in the lineup Wednesday in right field as Magglio Ordonez got some DH time.

Brandon Inge started at third in place of injured Carlos Guillen, but he'll likely be limited to defense replacement duty at third and occasional starts when catcher Ivan Rodriguez needs a day off.

TIGERS 6, ANGELS 2: Armando Galarraga came within two outs of a shutout Wednesday night, and a revamped Detroit lineup produced six runs. Marcus Thames hit a pair of two-run home runs and just missed a third home run with a flyout to deep left in between. Curtis Granderson singled twice and scored two runs. Galarraga gave up a couple of hard-hit balls early, but three double plays helped him get to the ninth with a three-hitter. A one-out walk and a home run chased him from the game, and RHP Todd Jones finished up.

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Added: May 29, 2008

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